Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Congolese Students say no to the silence on Congo War

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The Congo is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today where nearly 6 million people have died since 1996, half of them children under 5 yrs old and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped all as a result of the scramble for Congo's wealth. The United Nations said it is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two. However, hardly anything is said about it in the media. Can you imagine 45,000 people dying each month and hardly a peep from anyone in the age of the Internet? This is literally what has happened and continue to happen in the Congo. There is a media blackout about Congo and no worldwide resolution to end the conflict and carnage there.

There is a very exciting development among students and community activists throughout the globe. In October 2008, students and community activists from the US, Canada, England, Belgium, Germany, France, Brazil, Jamaica, Norway, Korea, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, Columbia, etc. etc, organized events dealing with the Congo (films, lectures, demonstrations, and more) in their communities and on their respective campuses. We called the undertaking "Break the Silence" Congo Week where 35 countries and 150 university campuses participated in a week of activities in solidarity with the people of the Congo.

The purpose of the Break the Silence Congo Week is to raise awareness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. Congo Week II will take place from Sunday October 18 to Saturday October 24, 2009. The key organizers are students from North Carolina A&T , UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, University of Maryland, Howard University, Bowie University, and Cornell University.

We are hopeful that you will be able to participate and/or help in the following manner:

1. Connect us with people in your network who may be able to help us in this effort.

2 . Help us reach out universities and communities in your area or throughout the globe to participate. Any help you can provide in this regard will be of great help.

3. Join us by becoming a key organizer on your college campus or in your community to either host an event or series of events, or spread the word about Break The Silence Week. We definitely can provide support for speakers, movies, and programs.

4. Make suggestions as to how we can make the event a grand success.

Let us know if you would like to join us in breaking the Silence. We need the WORLD to join us, we know we can't do it alone.

Call our headquarters at 1-888-584-6510 to get more info about our effort or email us at

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